Loan Debt Relief

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFA) is waiting to hear details regarding the Debt Relief Plan implementation from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), but have confirmed the following information for borrowers at this time.

Effective as of Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

Things to Know About the Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan:

Part 1: Final extension of the student loan repayment pause

The Biden-Harris Administration will extend the pause a final time through Dec. 31, 2022, with payments resuming in January 2023. The extended pause will occur automatically.

Part 2: Targeted debt relief for loan borrowers

Federal Loan Borrowers (undergraduate, graduate and Parent PLUS loan borrowers) may now qualify for up to $10,000-$20,000 in debt relief as announced by President Biden on Wednesday, Aug. 24. This is a one-time, pandemic-related loan cancelation.

The minimum qualifying criteria include:

  • Must have an outstanding Federal Loan balance from a loan borrowed as an undergraduate, graduate or Parent PLUS Loan
    • It is unclear to SFA if this includes Federal Perkins Loans
  • Loans must have been disbursed by June 30, 2022
    • SFA is waiting on additional guidance as to exactly which loans will qualify.  
  • Borrowers must meet income requirements
    • Single (independent student) borrowers income cap = $124,999
    • Household (dependent student, married couples, heads of household) borrowers income cap = $249,999
  • ED will use the 2021-2022 FAFSA income data for borrowers; if applicable, to automatically determine eligibility. For borrowers without a 2021-2022 FAFSA, subscribe to the  U.S. Department of Education page to be notified when the application becomes available.
  • Forgiven amounts will be based on the borrowers outstanding loan debt and awarded up to:
    • $20,000 for Federal Pell recipients
    • $10,000 for non-Federal Pell recipients
  • To check your student aid history, including loan balances and Pell Grant recipient status, log in to your federal student aid account.

For additional information see the Federal Student Aid Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Updated: 08/29/2022 03:16PM